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MARTIN KEOWN: Football must work out how it will return from the coronavirus 

MARTIN KEOWN: The Premier League were right to issue a break in play due to the coronavirus crisis… but they cannot declare season null and void

  • On Friday all domestic football in England was postponed until April 3 
  • That move was correct and UEFA must now postpone this summer’s Euros 
  • We cannot just end this season though as Liverpool deserve to be champions 
  • Whether it returns in one month or three months, the season must be finished 
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Life without football is not important as life itself and the Premier League have done the right thing by suspending play.

That was the first step and a very important one. The next step, from our sport’s point of view, is how we return to the competition.

This summer’s European Championship has to be cancelled. The transfer of people, from country to country, is simply too much of a risk. The Champions League and Europa League have to be in serious doubt too. I am not sure where you fit those events in. 

The move to postpone the Premier League amid the coronavirus was absolutely the right one

The next step to be taken must be to postpone this summer's European Championship

The next step to be taken must be to postpone this summer’s European Championship

But domestically, we have to ensure we finish this season. Don’t just declare the 2019-20 Premier League campaign null and void. English football has been suspended and rightly so. 

But we cannot just end this season and start a new one afresh. We have to come back and finish it. Whether that is in one month or three months, whenever. That has to happen for the honesty and fairness of this competition.

We’re nine rounds of matches from completion and Liverpool deserve to become champions. The Championship sides chasing promotion also deserve their chance to come up. Finish it, then adapt thereafter.

Liverpool deserve to become champions though and the season needs to be finished

Liverpool deserve to become champions though and the season needs to be finished

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